South Indian coffee company Madras Kaapi is opening its first café in Toronto next month.
The brand announced the launch of its first brick-and-mortar store on social media, revealing that the café will be located on College Street between Ossington and Dovercourt.
No official opening date has been released, but a “soft-launch” is planned for mid-September.
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Madras Kaapi is a type of South Indian filter coffee made by mixing boiling water or steamed milk with powdered coffee.
Traditionally made with a decoction filter, you can still make a great cup with a regular coffee maker or French press, founders Shilpa Rajahamsa and Aditya Srivathsan say.
The husband and wife duo launched Madras Kaapi, the company, as a passion project in 2016. They would visit India and return with bags of kaapi, only to run out in a month.
Growing up in South Indian homes where mornings were punctuated with the aroma of piping hot coffee.
One day while having a traditional South Indian brunch, Srivathsan uttered the “golden words” to Rajahamsa: “If you miss [kaapi] so much, why don’t you bring it to Canada?”
“The rest is history, and here we are with the finest Madras Kaapi ready to be shared,” the couple says.
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In the five years since, they’ve been selling kaapi online and at local markets in Toronto and Montreal as they built their brand.
Now, they’ve gained enough of a following to make their “dream come true.”
Until they open the doors to their own café next month, Madras Kaapi is operating a coffee kiosk inside 6X8 Market at 184 Baldwin Street.